This unique two-volume set describes the variety of cultural approaches to health practiced by people of varying cultural heritages and places them in stark context with traditional Western approaches to health care and medicine. Examining health practices such as Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine that focuses on the body, the sense organs, the mind, and the soul; and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the author examines why these different approaches can explain some of the cultural variations in health behaviors, differences in why people get sick, and how they cope with illness. Traditional health care providers of all kinds--including clinicians, counselors, doctors, nurses, and social workers--will all greatly benefit by learning about vastly different approaches to health, while general readers and scholars alike will gain insight into the rich diversity of world culture and find the material fascinating.
"Overall, these two volumes are excellent and very welcome additions to the literature on culture and health. They help fill the void in advanced scholarship in this area. Together, they can be used as texts for master's and doctoral-level courses and as resources for researchers and health care practitioners. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, professionals/practitioners." - Choice